Here are two stories of correspondence between soldiers and home. One of a father reporting receipt of a letter and “two of the most beautiful postcards [one with] silk embroidered pansies and other flowers hand embroidered on muslin”. The other is a postcard sent as a thank you note for tobacco sent from a comforts fund in South Australia.
The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has a collection of the French cards that you can view here.
Nearly 100 years ago, this postcard was embroidered and then purchased by a soldier to send home to loved ones. Stretcher bearer George Elliott mailed it to his parents. He was killed at Messines Ridge in France in 1917.
There’s not a lot to be found online about a photographer called George Rose and his impressive body of work within Australia and elsewhere.
I have selected a sample of the thousands of the Rose postcard series accessible online at the State Library of Victoria. These are out of copyright due to the uncertainty of the date they were taken. Most are tagged c 1920-1954. Here’s a link to photographs taken in Melbourne in the Olympic year of 1956 which are still in copyright and as such cannot be reproduced here.
Another source of these rich images is the work of Ron Blum who has collated George Rose’s work into two books and a CD.
At the foot of Deany’s Steps – Port Campbell I think the emulsion damage adds to the charm of this one.
The Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell The inset colour photo via Wikipedia shows the collapse of one of the stacks in 2005.
The State Library of Victoria holds over 7000 images (here) from the Rose Series. Other libraries have their own collections relevant to their state. Many of the photographs were taken by others after the deaths of George (in 1942) and Walter (George’s son and proprietor until he pre-deceased his father) in 1940.
Original data: Mary Martin Postcards (www.MaryLMartin.com), Perryville, MD, USA.